Ultimately the heavy defeats against Liverpool and Manchester City resulted in Villas-Boas losing his job, but the team's inability to score goals - despite investment in strikers in the summer - was clearly also a factor. The £30 million signing of Roberto Soldado didn't have the impact Tottenham expected, and he was often played upfront as a sole striker - a role in which he looked uncomfortable.
As soon as Villas-Boas left Tottenham, however, Adebayor was given his opportunity by Tim Sherwood. The striker duly scored in the match against West Ham with a great volley, went on to score twice against Southampton, and then bagged the first goal in a 2-1 victory over Manchester United on New Year's Day.
By partnering Adebayor with Soldado, Sherwood has created the most attacking Tottenham line-up of the season, with Christian Eriksen now moving forward with attacks and scoring goals. Having Adebayor partner Soldado was clearly an inspired move.
Under AVB this season Tottenham scored 15 goals in 16 league games. Under Sherwood, and with Adebayor in the side, they have scored 9 goals in their last 4 league games (taking 10 points). And Adebayor's impact cannot be underestimated.
AVB must be kicking himself now, realising that the solution to many of his problems was there all the time. It was the obvious solution - but AVB clearly doesn't do obvious.
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